The last time I checked bikes for sale on Craigslist NY, it was in search of a hybrid that had, uh, gone missing from West 16th Street. No disrespect. Just saying.
If you were in the market, wouldn’t it be great to have a vetted list of bikes, accompanied by photos, detailed specs and a bit of back story, emailed to your inbox? Dave Dawson, a New York City graphic designer who uses his bike for daily transportation around town, thinks so.
That’s why he’s launched a new marketplace for used bikes in NYC called GetBiked.com. It delivers descriptions of used bikes for sale to people who subscribe by email. Dawson says he wants to build community around bike-loving buyers and sellers, giving those parting with their rides a locally-focused, easy-to-use listing platform and relieving frustration on the buyers’ side by “cutting out the riffraff.”
All types of bikes and vintages are welcome as long as sellers provide complete information using his online template, Dawson says. Buyer-friendly data includes make/model, size, color, price, number of gears, condition, neighborhood, photos, a detailed description and why the bike is being sold. Dawson individually reviews each listing, but takes no part in the sale; GetBiked is meant to be a virtual town square where buyer and seller meet.
I’ve subscribed, so here are a few examples of the bikes that landed in my inbox yesterday. (These are screenshots that include make/model and price only):
For the time being, the service is free. In the future, Dawson says he plans to charge a flat rate for listing bikes. As the project evolves, he’s looking for listings, subscribers and feedback from the cycling community. Click here to learn more and sign up.
As a reminder, it’s a good idea to take a used bike to your local bike shop to get it checked out, find the gear you need to make your ride street legal in NYC and purchase a good lock – so your new acquisition doesn’t end up you know where.
Top photo: Bekka Palmer